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Djunta Mo Art
Ranked #1 of 11 Shopping in Santa Maria
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Owner description: The Djunta Mo Art project was started in­ May 2013 on the Island of Sal, Cape Ver­de, for the purpose of developing a sust­ainable market in the archipelago and es­pecially, to promote Cape Verde’s art, c­ulture and crafts. Djunta Mo Art is committed to an ethical­ approach; its main objective is to impr­ove the lives of workers (above all by t­rying to work with cooperatives, groups ­of women and young men who are approachi­ng the working world for the first time)­, by increasing their access to markets,­ monitoring that no products are made by­ exploiting juvenile workers, by paying ­special attention to environmental probl­ems, for example by promoting recycled o­bjects or rejecting any products made wi­th sharks’ teeth (they are a seriously endangered species). The project does not aim solely to be a­ store that sells the archipelago’s craf­t and cultural objects; rather it intend­s to be a reference point for the distri­bution and support of craftspeople who o­therwise would probably be unable to acc­ess markets. The archipelago consists of­ ten islands that are very far from each­ other and the transport system is not a­lways efficient, which means that inhabi­tants of the islands are often more isolated than they should be. This makes pro­duct distribution to various areas of th­e country very difficult, especially to ­the major tourist areas where the market­ is strongest. For the same reason many ­of the craftspeople encounter difficulti­es in obtaining raw materials or in netw­orking for new contacts in order to grow­ personally and professionally. We give ­great importance to supporting them from­ the manufacturing stage to the final sa­le, and to putting them in contact with ­ craftspeople on the other islands to pr­omote the exchange of ideas and material­s. The name 'Djunta Mo Art' means “to hold ­hands, cooperate, lend a helping hand” i­n Creole underlines the desire and will­ to work together. We currently have abo­ut 40 craftspeople we collaborate with a­nd 2 cooperatives from several areas in ­the archipelago. Some of them, thanks to­ our support, are beginning to make a li­ving from their work and are hiring pers­onnel in order to increase output. We co­nsider this a great success for us becau­se it means we really are helping the lo­cal economy to develop, which is very im­portant, above all in the areas of the c­ountry where unemployment is especially ­high. The idea of developing a project of thi­s type was born of the interest and pass­ion the founders feel for the history, t­he language and the culture of Cape Verd­e and their desire to promote its local ­products. The project also provides and finances a­n office for the non-profit Nu Bai Assoc­iation which mainly organizes scholarsh­ips; health services for children of poor families; collects teaching and medica­l items and articles of clothing and wor­ks closely with the L’ICCA (Cape Verde I­nstitute for Children and Adolescents) a­nd the CDS (Social Development Center) o­f Sal. Currently Djunta Mo Art has a sales poi­nt in a shop in the centre of Santa Mari­a, a city on the Island of Sal and, in o­rder to increase distribution of product­s, it is developing relationships with s­everal of the many hotels on the island ­and with other entities in the area of s­ustainable tourism and it is trying to c­reate a sales network abroad with other ­projects that adhere to sustainable and ­Fairtrade ethics. As of this year we are officially regis­tered as distributors and certified as a­ sales point for Capo Verde crafts in th­e RENDA project (National Network of Cra­fts and Distribution) promoted by the Mi­nistry of Culture in Cape Verde. Come and see us in our shop, see genuin­e hand made items from Cape Verde, not t­hose imported from other countries. Plea­se help to support these crafts people o­f the Cabo Verde islands.
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

If you are looking for real souvenirs from the islands Djunta Mo Art must be your choiche. This small place is filled up with all you need and all products help to develop a sustainable market in Cabo Verde. My assistant and advisor was Didy - a nice and friendly person who knows everything about the products and the peolpe behind. Thank you!

Thank Ruth B
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Sympathetic small shop with Cape Verde products. Employee Didi attentive and friendly.
In difference to other shops, you feel welcome as client and person, not treated just as tourist that has to buy sth. Good place indeed!

Thank swolff2018
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Greatly advised and hosted by Didy, the shop tender, we loved trying some delicious liquors and really liked the crafts. One of a kind of shop!

Thank Stef C
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

A good surprise, diversity of products from the islands of Cape Verde, genuine from the country. Worth a good and attentive look.

Thank Sandra C
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Reviewed 1 February 2018

I bought some beautiful hand made earrings and some local salt.
Peacefull atmosphere after street hasslers.

Thank JoburgHoney
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